in·​pa·​tient | \ ˈin-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce inpatient (audio) \

Definition of inpatient

: a hospital patient who receives lodging and food as well as treatment — compare outpatient

Examples of inpatient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plans reviewed by the Plan Commission call for 50 examination rooms and eight procedure rooms, although no inpatient rooms are proposed. Mike Nolan,, 12 Oct. 2021 The need for guidelines for inpatient, residential care, and specialty care is essential for TGE youth to receive equal treatment and access to care. Dawn Ennis, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 Some area hospitals had reported suspending employees without pay or temporarily halting elective inpatient procedures due to shortages. Travis Caldwell, CNN, 1 Oct. 2021 In 2007, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) adjusted its inpatient payment methodology to better account for differences in patient severity of illness. Jesse Ehrenfeld, STAT, 30 Sep. 2021 In 2019, just 33% of inpatient hospitals, and less than half of outpatient facilities, even offered telehealth services. Chris Molaro, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Some locations — including Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital in Canton and Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital in Dover — are scheduling fewer nonessential surgeries that require an inpatient stay. Julie Washington, cleveland, 27 Sep. 2021 After more than a month at Johns Hopkins, much of it spent in intensive care, My’onna transferred to the nearby Kennedy Krieger Institute to begin inpatient therapy. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 The foundation said the money will help roughly 400 workers in the emergency room and inpatient rooms receive a panic button on their badge. NBC News, 21 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of inpatient

1760, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inpatient was in 1760

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17 Oct 2021

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“Inpatient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inpatient

: a patient who stays for one or more nights in a hospital for treatment


in·​pa·​tient | \ ˈin-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce inpatient (audio) \

Medical Definition of inpatient

: a hospital patient who receives lodging and food as well as treatment — compare outpatient

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